Katy Perry: I'm Not A Feminist
Oh No They Didn't goes into "White Devil" breakdown. (at link)
"I am not a feminist, but I do believe in the strength of women," Katy Perry said Friday during her "Woman of the Year" acceptance speech Year at Billboard's Women In Music 2012 luncheon.
"I don't really like to call myself a role model for my fans. I hope that I am an inspiration for them, especially young women. My mantra, especially for the ['Part Of Me'] film, was: If you believe in yourself, you can be anything."
That empowering message was felt through the room at Capitale, which hosted many of this year's honorees, including Rising Star Carly Rae Jepsen and Atlantic's Julie Greenwald, Billboard's reigning No. 1 female music executive for three years running. But there can always be room for more.
"As we sit here today, over half of the college graduates are female but less than one fifth of the executives in businesses of the Fortune 500 and above are female," said Prometheus Global Media's CEO Dottie Mattison. "We are losing the potential and promise of young women's careers, who are leaving for a variety of reasons. Many of us in this room are old enough to remember a time when it was much worse for young women but are young enough to know that we can…create something better than what we found."
For Perry, some of the most validating career advice she received came from one of her idols, Alanis Morissette. "I used to believe that mystery was [mystique]," the "Jagged Little Pill" phenom recently told Perry, "that there's a time and place to be a star. But I really think that transparency is the new mystery."
Speaking with "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart in an onstage Q&A, Perry applied that bon mot one step further to her own relationship with fans. "People don't want to look up to someone. They want to look at across at someone and say, 'That's my girl. She's singing something I don't know how to put into words. She's captured something and became the soundtrack of my life.' And I know that if I get out of line, my sister back home will whack me across the face - and so will my management."
Perry and Jepsen join an illustrious rank of previous honorees such as Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Fergie and 2009's pairing Beyonce and Lady Gaga, who shortly after being recognized by Billboard went on to film the infamous "Telephone" video together. "So Katy and Carly, no pressure," teased Billboard editorial director Bill Werde. The event also doubled as a chance for upcoming talent to show their appreciation. Rising Atlantic country star Hunter Hayes was on hand to pay tribute to his boss Greenwald by performing his hit "Wanted." Epic recording artist Cher Lloyd also popped by to sing an acoustic cover of Perry's "E.T." as well as her own hit "Want You Back."
In fact, it was pop stars like Perry and of course Jepsen's current tour partner Justin Bieber who helped make "Call Me Maybe" Billboard's No. 1 Song of the Summer, spending nine weeks at the top of the Hot 100 and winning her an American Music Award for Best New Artist just last week.
The song made her an overnight sensation in the States, even though she'd been a well-known name in her native Canada since 2007, when she finished third on "Canadian Idol." Speaking To NBC's Natalie Morales onstage, Jepsen says she's learned first hand how the music industry of 2012 is driven less by labels and managers and more by the fans. "The thing we have now is more access to dance parties. I can remember my sister and I falling in love with the Spice Girls and we decided we were able to make our own little dance to it, only we weren't able to share it. Now you can do that. There's easier access to share the love that way." And who's Jepsen's favorite Spice Girl? "Geri," she said without hesitation. "I always thought she was the businesswoman of the group."
In accepting her Rising Star award, Jepsen thanked Brenda Romano, Interscope's president of promotion and Billboard's No. 9 most powerful woman in music, and fellow Interscope execs Jennifer Frommer and Karen Goodman in addition to her Schoolboy Records team as being the women in music who've given her the biggest support. But the most influential women in her life have been her mother and my stepmother, to whom she dedicated her award.
Mary Perry Hudson, Katy's mom, was also shouted out in Perry's Woman of the Year speech as one of the women who've inspired her most in her life, as well as her sister ("for keeping my head above water throughout all the 124 shows of the tour and some of the hardest times of my life") and her cousin ("who just had a baby with no epidural.") Perhaps most inspiring of all was an 11-year-old girl names Jodi DiPiazza, who duetted on "Firework" with Perry last month at Comedy Central's Night of Too Many Stars benefit for autism, hosted by Stewart. "She showed me the true meaning of being a firework, and she inspires me."
Perry was also humbled to share the room with this year's industry honorees - see the full list here - among them Pepsi's Bozoma St. John, whom Perry thanked afterward for sponsoring the premiere concert of Perry's "Part Of Me 3D" in Hollywood (as part of Billboard's Summer Beats concert series) in June. Noting she's met and worked with some of this year's honorees, having previously been signed to Def Jam and Columbia before joining Capitol - and now, post-EMI merger, Universal. "I'm really excited for my new boss, Steve Barnett. I'll keep letting him think he's the boss, anyway," Perry joked of the new Capitol chief.
"I'm very excited to be part of Universal's family," she continued. "I'm really looking forward to my third upcoming adventure with you guys, I just have to let you guys know my Saturn has returned so it'll be ugly. Thank you for this incredible honor and I hope we can all start our cycles together now."
- Jesus, I hate ONTD.
But I also hate Katy Perry and this dumb "I'm not a feminist" bullshit. Is Katy saying she doesn't believe women deserve equal rights? Because that's what feminism means, dumbass!
- Exactly, what does she think a feminist is? "If you believe in yourself, you can be anything".If that is not feminism, I don't know what is.
- R2 & R3. Funneling nutloaf as they post.
Feminism is the insane notion that men and women are the same, and have equal capabilities in every regard. In other words, feminists are crackers. Please, please, just S.T.F.U. Point your Forester at the nearest lampost, at full boost. I for one am sick to death of your unnatural, hate-filled rantings and wish you an extended and painful demise.
I loved it, years ago, when Mary Travers, bless her heart, said that she couldn't get through the " I AM INVINCIBLE!" line in the execrable " I Am Woman" without collapsing into hysterics.
What was true in the 70s is true now-feminism is a destructive movement populated with hate-filled, desperately unhappy twats.
Like I said, Forester..flat out..lamp post. Or oak tree...any immovable object will do.
One of the penised (and envied)
- You'e not a singer either, dear.
- She's a corporation. She works for a living. She's a feminist. While we're on the subject, why have all the woman I grew up with in the media in the 70's & 80's disappeared.? Seriously, why don't members of the women's movement have better PR?
- Well, at least she's honest. But yeah, it does kind of then sound like she doesn't care about equality of women, in a weird way, regardless of what she meant. She could have just said, "I believe in the power of women."
She was honored along with Carly Rae Jepsen? How embarrassing.
She's also receiving some kind of recognition or honor from The Trevor Project this year, which is mildly baffling.
- Katy, please get an education before you talk again.
- She isn't a singer either.
- Wh didn't I think of that, R8?
- R3, just stick to commenting on hairy taints. you'll sound much more intelligent.
- Didn't read the comments before I posted. can you ever forgive me, r4?
- Today, "I'm not a feminist" means "I'm not a lesbian" or "I'm not a man hater." Lesbianism and man-hating is what people post-1970 think of the feminist movement. Katy wants to be seen as datable to men.
- R3=Rush Limbaugh
- Only women who hate men would want equality with them.
- I think of feminists as being very focused on abortion rights/accessibility, so I don't associate them with lesbians too often.
- The 1980s is when 'feminist' became a dirty word.
- Whether one is male or female, saying one isn't a feminist is the equivalent of saying one is a racist. Plain and simple.
- Everyone needs to quit pretending like feminism has any meaning. It means whatever the person crowing about it wants it to mean, and therefore means nothing.
So don't be surprised that a lot of people reject or shrug at such a meaningless label.
- What do you expect from a fake who kickstarted her until then failed Christian family friendly wholesome career with a song called 'I Kissed a Girl (and I Liked It)'?
A fake like her doesn't care about issues she associates with in public. A fake only cares about how much money and/or publicity he or she can milk out of these (for some) controversial issues.
- "Feminism is the radical and dangerous belief that women are people."
- "Today, "I'm not a feminist" means "I'm not a lesbian" or "I'm not a man hater." "
I should add, sometimes it means "I am a whore". And since Perry has based her entire career on her cleavage, that's probably what she means.
- Since feminism has become such a bad word like liberal or socialism people prefer to use the term female empowerment.
- A LITTLE off-topic, but:
Do you think it's possible to be a female feminist AND be deliberately seductive toward an audience of men (like 'Playmate'-style, and so forth)?
Because on one hand, there's the "sexual liberation" argument; that women can be as naked and sexual as they want in public. On the other, it implies a paradigm that would seem to be counter-productive to equality.
I'm asking because I know quite a few "feminist" women who still manipulate men with sex and still expect some of the trite gender roles for relationships. I also know men-claiming to be pro-gender equality- who continue to enjoy those goods and services from said women.
The whole thing gives me a migraine.
- Most men prefer degradation over empowerment.
The act may look the same, but men want to be sure that they get more out of it than the women.
The same goes for homoerotic bonding rituals. 'Real' men don't get real pleasure from making out with other men so all the participants get the same amount of 'fun' out of it. When someone enjoys it too much the other men get uncomfortable, because that one guy gets more fun out of the experience than everybody else and that's not fair and makes them feel like they are being used. And 'real' men don't like being used. It makes them feel cheap.
- What kills feminism is FEMINISTS. The ones who slam women because they're "choice" feminists or because they're not; because they don't dress conservatively enough; because they give blow jobs or indulge in BDSM fantasies or activities; because they are pro-prostitution or porn; because they wear make up or they don't; because they want to take a husband's last name or they don't; because they watch the Victoria Secret fashion show and enjoy it; because they don't breastfeed or if they do, it's not to a high enough standard; because they don't want kids or because they do or because they only want one; it's never-ending.
Even feminists will never agree on what actions and ideals are or aren't feminist. It's forever going to be a bunch of bitchy in-fighting that goes nowhere and actually only manages to offend, ostracize and LOSE those who would otherwise be allies.
- That's for goddamn sure. Everything she does makes it seem like women never achieved equality in the U.S. I'm surprised she hasn't partnered with Focus on the Family to encourage young girls to devote their lives to being barefoot and pregnant. Yeah, yeah, I know Katy is a Democrat and she supported Obama during the presidential election; however, she's a fucking joke.
- There's a BI about a female celebrity who acts all liberal in public but voted for Romney in private (and told her friends she did), because she is ultra conservative herself. Most guessed it was Katy Perry.
- That wouldn't be a bad guess r28, considering she was raised by fundies and originally set out to be a Contemporary Christian artist, but failed.
- She also asked Russell to start the divorce proceedings, so she wouldn't commit some terrible sin in her parents' eyes.
- [quote]I don't really like to call myself a role model for my fans. I hope that I am an inspiration for them, especially young women.
In other words, a role model. This useless idiot probably thinks a feminist = lesbian.
- R3 is a fucking moron.
As is anyone who isn't a feminist.
- I consider myself feminist, but I also think that until feminism addresses the way that women treat other women, it will never be a true success.
- Preach, R33.
Success isn't promised even then, but it definitely needs to be addressed.
- Her big break came off of ripping off a Jill Sobule song (Which was much better, BTW).
- r3, you attacked yourself in your own post, you stupid misogynistic asshole. Your suggestion that feminists commit vehicular suicide shows what a hateful loser you are.
No one envies you
- "It's forever going to be a bunch of bitchy in-fighting that goes nowhere and actually only manages to offend, ostracize and LOSE those who would otherwise be allies."
...and your misogyny has been laid bare R26, thanks for playing. What's dehumanizing is the belief that there can be no subsets or derivations in a school of thought. Some are more radical in their feminist beliefs than others. To assume that all members of feminism must believe exactly the same way or their ideology is forfeit is *the* most juvenile, reductionist, illogical bullshit I've ever heard.
- Uh, R37...your experiences aren't everyone else's. No, not everyone has to hold the exact same beliefs, but I suspect you've never had to endure any nasty reprimands and rejection from said subgroups, or witness an argument between any two.
Of course there are great people with great insight for gender equality, but there are also very, very unreasonable people within its parameters. "Unreasonable" meaning that you can so much as say "boo", and they'll call you disgusting, even though you said nothing disgusting and didn't even make your point.
I'm a woman, by the way. One who prefers the friendship, intellect and wisdom of other women, as a rule.